Microchips Reunite Lost Pets

by Diane Blankenburg

Sylvia, a silver tabby, had been adopted from NHS seven years ago by a wonderful couple. Earlier this year, Sylvia went missing for several months before turning up at the Animal Services shelter. She was very sick and emaciated, but had a microchip that identified who had adopted her. Thanks to the NHS clinic staff, she is now fully recovered and thanks to a tiny microchip, she has been reunited with her loving family.

Flash, a young black cat, has lived a very tough life. A year ago, he was surrendered to NHS because his people were unable to pay for his vet care after he was shocked and burned chewing an electrical cord. He was treated for third-degree burns and reconstructive surgery was performed to repair his damaged mouth. Flash’s curiosity somehow got the better of him once again and he ended up escaping from his foster home and was recently found in southern California. Thanks to his microchip, we were notified and he is now back in the protective hands of NHS and ready for adoption into a permanent home—he promises to curb his curiosity this time!

Collars and tags are great, but they’re not perfect. Collars can come off or be taken off; some pets just can’t wear them with comfort. Tags can fall off, wear out, and be hard to read. Microchips are the best way to identify your pets, provided you register them. The chips are permanent and provide absolute proof of ownership.

A microchip is a tiny capsule (about the size of a grain of rice) containing a permanent ID code that emits a signal on a specific radio frequency, enabling a scanner to read the code. This information is then matched with owner identification data that is kept on file after registration. The chip is inserted between the pet’s shoulder blades and the process is quick, sterile, and no more painful than a routine vaccination.

At NHS, we microchip all of our dogs and cats before adoption. Because of this, Sylvia is now back home with her loving family and Flash is safe and sound at our shelter until we can find him the perfect new home.

The best protection you can give your pet is to have them microchipped as soon as possible. Or adopt your next furry friend from Nevada Humane Society or other local animal shelters where every cat and dog is microchipped, helping to ensure they get back home to your loving arms.

Note: Contact Nevada Humane Society’s free Animal Help Desk for information on low-cost microchipping services (animalhelp@nevadahumanesociety.org or 775-856-2000 ext. 200).

Events that Help Homeless Pets

Adopt a Certified Pre-Owned Pet at Nevada Humane Society. 100,000 purr or tail-wag warranty, standard 4-paw drive. Great low adoption fees! Open for adoption 7 days a week at 2825 Longley Lane, Reno, 11 am to 6:30 pm, 10 am on Saturdays. For more info, call 775-856-2000.

Yard Sale to Benefit Homeless Pets at Nevada Humane Society on Saturday, October 6, from 8am to 1pm. 2825 Longley Lane, between Rock Blvd. and Mira Loma Drive.

Purses for Pets & Kitty Glitter on October 14, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. This auction fundraiser will benefit Pet Network Humane Society. Purse donations are being accepted at locations throughout the area including the NHS shelter. For more info, call 775-832-4404 or email info@petnetwork.org.


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